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Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Willka T'ika Garden Guest House - Page 3

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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Willka T'ika is much more than a hotel and retreat center. It is a truly magical place set in the sacred valley of Peru. The accommodations, living spaces and conference rooms are scattered throughout the property amidst incredible gardens. This place is truly a botanist’s dream. Each garden is completely unique with different plant species in a variety of colors. There are seven main gardens, each centered on a separate chakra: moon, sacred sun, sacred earth, sacred water, Lucuma, Spiral and sound. Many beautiful varieties of flowers that attract hummingbirds in great numbers.

 

Willka T'ika Garden Guest House, urumbamba, retreat center, yoga retreat peru, sacred valley, PeruIndependent travelers are welcome at Willka T'ika as long as the yoga groups don't fill all the rooms. There are also special events such as the Special Natural Healing Conference (June 27th –July 6th) organized by Willka T'ika that are easy for independent travelers to sign up for. You can also join one of the retreats led by any of the yoga teachers who come to practice here. The yoga instructors are from a variety of places and bring groups of their students. You can join those retreats (or encourage your yoga teacher to plan a trip here!). The retreats usually feature yoga in the morning and afternoon and day trips to Pisac, Machu Picchu, Ollaytaytambo and Quechan villages. There’s always free time to relax in the gardens and drink copious amounts of herbal teas!

 

Willka T'ika is higher priced than some other places in Peru, but it also supports the community by funding an orphanage and building schools. You can feel good about spending money at Willka T'ika because they’ve created a lot of good in the area!

 

Willka T'ika Garden Guest House, urumbamba, retreat center, yoga retreat peru, sacred valley, PeruEverything is done to perfection here: fresh flowers in the rooms, incredibly clean and large bathrooms with double sinks and soft toilet paper, and hot water bottles placed in the beds on cool nights. Oil filled radiators also provide warmth, but like most everywhere in Peru there is no centralized heating system. The walls keep in the warmth of the sunny days even though the nights are quite chilly as the altitude is 2870 meters (9400 feet). Coca tea is provided if you feel the symptoms of altitude sickness from the thin air, but you'll probably be better off here than in Cusco if you're worried about it as it is significantly lower.

 

Willka T'ika Garden Guest House, urumbamba, retreat center, yoga retreat peru, sacred valley, PeruWillka T'ika feels like a womb of the inner world. It’s a place to sit, meditate, reflect on all the small things – flowers, crystals, blades of grass – and contemplate life. Everything that normally fills my mind evaporated and the stillness and silence took over.

 

The specialness of Willka T'ika cannot be overstated. My boyfriend even suggested we go back there for our honeymoon and said it was “maybe the best place on earth.”

Details: http://willkatika.com/ , $199/night for two including dinner.

© Christina Kay Bolton

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